Internet: John Deere Dubuque Works. The need for a new factory to make tractors became apparent to Deere and Company in 1943. On February 7, 1945, the company announced that it had selected a site for the facility three miles north of Dubuque in an area known as the “Peru Bottoms”. Among the reasons for choosing Dubuque was the city’s proximity to other Deere plants in Moline, Waterloo, and Ottumwa, and because of the excellent transportation facilities. Seven hundred and forty-two acres of land were purchased. This was the first tractor factory the Deere constructed from the ground up. The Dubuque plant opened in May, 1947. On March 12, 1947, the first Dubuque tractor, the model “M” rolled off the assembly line.
|Dubuque Iowa to Ladson, South Carolina.|
Each machine delivered to a different equipment company - Quality Equipment in Carthage, North Carolina, Quality Equipment in Wallace, North Carolina, and the backhoe to Flint Equipment in Ladson, South Carolina, all John Deere dealers.
|A bit of fun with the shed out the front of the truckstop - Dunn, North Carolina.|
Thursday, was the 4th July holiday - we went out with Don and Madonna and their youngest son, Michael in their boat.
Charleston is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley, Cooper, and Wando rivers.
Internet: Fort Sumter, is a sea fort in Charleston, South Carolina. Named after General Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary War hero. Fort Sumter was built after the War of 1812, as one of a series of fortifications on the southern US coast to protect the harbors.
|Port of Charleston.|
Jim and I stayed another night with Don and Madonna, and were up early on the Friday morning, back in the truck and headed to Pooler, Georgia to load at JCB, Inc.
|Pooler, Georgia to Geismar, Louisiana.|
Through the westbound tunnel under Mobile Bay on Interstate 10,
Internet: The George Wallace Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels that carry Interstate Highway 10 through Mobile, Alabama, from downtown, beneath the Mobile River. The depth of clearance is 40 feet (12.2m) for the Mobile River shipping channel. The tunnels were officially opened on 9 February, 1973 and named after George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama at that time.
It is a small port, with friendly workers and easy to navigate. It was mid-afternoon when we arrived and there were a dozen or so trucks ahead of us, and later about ten behind us. It took a long time to load all those trucks.
|Trucks ahead of us, in line to load.|
A bit of movement in the Port though. I watched one of the tug boats head out into the shipping channel and escort a large freighter into the dock. Then start unloading it.
|One tug boat heading out to the shipping channel.|
|The freighter heading to the dock to be unloaded.|
|The freighter and tug boat can be seen the other side of the truck through the window, the doggy was more interested in watching me!|
San Adriano is a container ship built in 2008 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in South Korea. Currently sailing under the flag of Liberia, home port Monrovia. The freight was Chiquita Fresh Foods.
Our load was a flatbed trailer for the Illinois Army National Guard in Kankakee, Illinois.
|Gulfport, Mississippi to Kankakee, Illinois.|
|Mississippi River bridge from Missouri to Illinois, Interstate 57.|
|The causeway to Sabul from Illinois side.|
|In line, waiting to load at John Deere Works, Dubuque, Iowa.|
|Dubuque, Iowa to Clymer, Rochester and Clifton Park, New York.|
Saturday afternoon was the 50th (Golden) Wedding Anniversary for Dave and Sandy (Jim's friends from High School), held in nearby Sunset Beach. A happy gathering of their family and friends to celebrate this milestone.
|Lesley, Jim, Sandy and Dave.|
Sky Woman: The mother goddess of Seneca mythology.
This unique bronze statue is a literal depiction of a chaotic Creation. Skywoman was one of the “sky beings” who fell through a hole in the sky. Her fall on to the big turtle was broken by large birds, here portrayed as Canada Geese.
South to Endicott, NY, to load Tuesday morning at National Pipe and Plastic - plastic pipe for Florida.
|At National Pipe and Plastic, Inc., Endicott, New York.|
|Endicott, New York to Yulee, Florida.|
|A stop at the Virginia Welcome Centre.|
Internet: Style: Mediterranean Revival. It is a two story building. The front portico is faced with stone from Florida Keys. A series of five arches frame the windows of the first floor. Four cast iron light standards on limestone bases are situated on either side of the front entrances. Built as a work project in the Depression (1932).
Friday morning, 19 July, in Daytona Beach was an early start on the appointments and errands for the day. Drove north along the west side of the Halifax River in Holly Hill. Took a few quick pictures out the car window towards the sun rising.
Saturday, Jim and Jimmy left early for a full day fishing on the Critter Fleet out of Ponce Inlet. Diane and I spent five hours exploring and enjoying South Beach Street.
The historic business district of South Beach Street, Daytona Beach. Five blocks of unique stores, restaurants, bars, antique shops, vintage clothes and other specialty stores (like a magic shop).
We had a coffee and pastry at Rosie's Italian Bakery and Cafe - lovely! Spent a lot of time in the antique stores and specialty shops. The Burgoyne Memorial was built a few years ago, we had a leisurely time, reading the plaques - information and history of Beach Street.
|Daytona Beach Fire Department when it was new - about 1910??.|
|Daytona Beach Fire Department still in use and active in the present time. (Appears to be the same two palm trees?)|
|The 'new' Beach Street Post Office.|
|The Main Street bridge in the early 1930's - not much has changed!|
A bit of Daytona Beach history regarding South Beach Street – Mr Charles Burgoyne moved to Daytona Beach from New York and built a large castle inspired mansion on this site in 1896. He immediately became an important civic leader in the Daytona Beach community. By 1899 he had become Mayor of Daytona Beach and Commodore of the Daytona Yacht Club.
By 1939 after the death of Mr and Mrs Burgoyne, the property had fallen into disrepair, and was bought by a Jacksonville businessman, and demolition of the Burgoyne mansion began shortly thereafter, followed by the construction of the brick and masonry buildings that occupy the property today. By the late 1940s the block was a bustling commercial district with department stores, a theatre and a Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
The 1970s saw the opening of the Volusia Mall and a decline in the Beach Street commercial district. Many buildings fell in disrepair and much of the property was vacant through the 1980s.In 1990 saw the City of Daytona Beach renovate building facades and revitalize the streets, sidewalks and landscaping. Tenants began to return, by 1995 the property was 100% occupied with a waiting list for prospective tenants.
|Walkway to the rear parking lot.|
|Halifax Historical Muweum - the old bank building.|
Brownie’s grave is located in historic downtown Daytona Beach’s Riverfront Park, near the Halifax River, on the corner of Orange Avenue and Beach Street.
Burgoyne Village is part of the Riverfront Shops of Daytona Beach. Overlooking a beautifully landscaped park and the Intracoastal Waterway, the walkway is known as the Sweetheart Trail.
The Sweetheart Trail offers a paved route nestled between Beach Street and the Halifax River. It’s named after a yacht owned by Charles G Burgoyne. The pathway begins at the Main Street Bridge and south to Orange Avenue.
|International Speedway Boulevard / Broadway Bridge, US 92 - over the Intra-coastal waterway and Halifax River to 'beach-side'.|
Internet: The Broadway Bridge is a segmented bridge, it reaches a height of 65 feet (19.9 metres) and is 3,008 feet (917 metres) in length. The bridge is more famous for its flair than its purpose. Mosaics of manatee, dolphins and other wildlife native to Florida give the bridge some tourist appeal.
Diane and I had a memorable time playing tourist in Daytona Beach!
Jim and Jimmy both caught fish as well.
On the Monday, Jim was working on the truck, so Diane and I spent a couple of hours in Ormond Beach at The Casements.
Internet: The Casements is a mansion in Ormond Beach, Florida, famous for being the winter residence of American oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. It is currently owned by the city of Ormond Beach and is used as a cultural center and park.
The mansion was built in 1914 for Rev. Harwood Huntington of Connecticut. It was named for the many casement windows incorporated into the design of the building, which helped keep the interior cool in spite of Florida’s subtropical climate.
John D. Rockefeller purchased the home as his winter residence in 1918. Rockefeller was seventy-eight years old when he moved into the Casements. He became known in the area for his elaborate Christmas parties, his love of golf, and for handing out dimes to his neighbors or visitors.It was in this home that Rockefeller died in his sleep on the morning of May 23, 1937. The Rockefeller family sold The Casements in 1941.
The gardens across from The Casements (Rockefeller Gardens) are an authentic restoration of the two-acre garden along the Halifax riverfront. The gardens feature citrus trees, a grand promenade, streams and small bridges and a variety of seasonal flower displays during the year.
On Wednesday, 24 July, I took an early morning walk to the Atlantic Ocean to appreciate the sunrise.
|The play area on A1A, on the west side - with the pedestrian bridge over A1A.|
|On the pedestrian bridge, looking north along A1A.|
|On the pedestrian bridge, looking south along A1A.|
|The shops and restaurants of Ocean Walk.|
There was a convention going on, and a big crowd of young people at the beach for the sunrise.
|The water playground near the Main Street Pier.|
Went for another walk about mid -day.
|The house across the street from us - termites! We had our annual termite inspection prior to this.|
Internet: A previously flown Falcon 9 rocket thundered to life and shot away from Cape Canaveral on Thursday, 15th July, boosting a twice-flown Dragon cargo ship into orbit on a two-day flight to the International Space Station.
The rocket’s first stage flew itself back to a pinpoint touchdown five and a half miles from the launch pad, chalking up SpaceX’s 44th successful booster recovery and its 16th at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
The Dragon cargo capsule carrying 5,000 pounds of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.
|At the Main Street Pier.|
Internet: In 2003, a resident of Holly Hill asked permission of the City Council to allow three wandering gnomes to take up residence in a tall oak tree on Riverside Drive on the banks of the Halifax River. Approval was given and the gnomes set up camp at the base of the tree.
When the local elementary school heard about the new citizens, they gave the gnomes names, Hall, Lee and Hill. A year later a motorcycle gnome, Harry Davidson got permission to move into the gnome tree, soon after a gnome called Grandpa joined the group.
As news about the gnomes spread, the gnome tree attracted attention from around the country, and the world to visit Holly Hill in hopes of getting a glimpse of the bearded figures.
Obviously the gnome 'family' has been added to over the years, as well as gifts and trinkets.
In 2014, the caretaker and gnome ambassador retired, and donated all the notes left at the tree to the Holly Hill Museum. She hopes the gnome tree will continue to "spread joy, hope, and peace" to future visitors long after she's gone.
|Loaded at JCB, Inc. in Pooler, Geirgia.|
|Pooler, Georgia to Kansas City, Kansas and Des Moines, Iowa.|
No reload lined up, so we just went to the truckstop. There is Jethro's BBQ & Jake's Smokehouse Steaks restaurant a half mile walk from the truckstop.
Jethro's BBQ and Jake's Smokehouse Steaks is a mini-chain in the Des Moines area. A fun place, with good food. Great atmosphere and pig and bacon decor. It has been on several TV shows and food documentaries.